DEFINITION:

Cannabis, also known as marijuana and by other names, refers to preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine.

Intro to marijuana. (stop at 5:20)

CONS:

Marijuana is a “gateway drug”

It can cause cancer

PROS: Lower Crime Rate…


More people are sent to jail for marijuana than all violent crimes combined.

 It has been proven that the areas where medical marijuana stores are located actually have reduced crime because the sale of marijuana in these facilities are conducted just like any other business. 

In late November 2011, the governors of Washington State and Rhode Island petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses, saying the change was needed so states like theirs, which have decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes, can regulate the safe distribution of the drug without risking federal prosecution” 

There is no room to doubt that legalizing such drugs would greatly reduce our crime rates

Many judges agree that sending marijuana users to jail places a costly burden on the state and clogs the justice system, ultimately taking police and court resources from pursuing violent criminals

Crime Rate with due to illegal buying and selling of marijuana.

Crime Rate with due to illegal buying and selling of marijuana.

Abolish National Debt…

Replacing the current prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation would save the U.S. $7.7 billion a year in State and Federal costs of maintaining prohibition.

California could raise $1.3 billion yearly for the “deficit-plagued state” and save millions in law enforcement and prison costs

While America could fight off its national debt by legalizing cannabis, at the same time citizens will have more job opportunities and therefore get us out of our current financial depression.

In many states, the marijuana crops could be taxed and help the states run a balanced budget.


Prescribing…

Making cannabis a legal drug would not only prove beneficial to our Government, but also to the people who suffer from a medical illness and have no other way to deal with their illness without medical marijuana.

Marijuana has the tendency to make AIDS, Insomnia, Glaucoma, Fibromyalgia, migraines and Cancer pain less severe.

It treats headaches, menstrual cramps, and also nausea.  

“California became the first state to allow marijuana for medical use when voters approved a statewide ballot issue in 1996, and its provisions are so broad that tens of thousands of people have obtained a doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for ailments from cancer to arthritis”

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Adolescence…

Legalizing marijuana will decrease usage by adolescents.

By making marijuana legal for twenty one year olds, it will be more difficult for children to obtain this drug, because proper identification would have to be provided by the person purchasing the marijuana

It’s easier to get marijuana than beer because beer is sold at a regulated market and its “controlled by the government”, whereas marijuana is not controlled and anyone can sell it or buy it illegally